Local CFA volunteers named finalists for inaugural award
23 July 2018
Two residents from the Euroa electorate have been recognised for their outstanding contribution as volunteers and finalists in the inaugural Spirit of CFA awards.
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan said that the awards
were an opportunity to not only recognise, but thank volunteers for the time and effort they give back to their communities’ year in, year out.
“It is my honour to congratulate two members from the Euroa electorate who have been selected as finalists for a Spirit of CFA award,” Ms Ryan said.
“Mr Phil Hawkey from the Euroa Fire Brigade and Mr Tyson Huggins from the Longwood Fire Brigade have been recognised as outstanding volunteers within their communities.
“Mr Hawkeye has been described by his colleagues at the Euroa CFA as an invaluable member of the brigade. He encapsulates the true essence of a CFA volunteer and received an Australian Fire Service Medal for the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2014.
“Mr Huggins has also been praised by his peers from the Longwood CFA and members of his local community. He has recently been elected as the brigade’s training officer and community co-ordinator.
“While they don’t do what they do to be praised, these awards are an opportunity to give thanks for the many days they have selflessly worked to protect their communities.”
Local residents, organisations, government agencies and brigades were asked to nominate a CFA individual or team for an award.
Ms Ryan said that it would be a challenge to find someone who was not directly or indirectly linked to the CFA or a CFA volunteer.
“Men and women like Phil and Tyson often put the needs of their community first. Sometimes that means sacrificing time with their own loved ones to make sure someone else’s family is kept safe.
“These awards are a small token of thanks for our brave CFA volunteers who endeavor to keep our towns out of danger, particularly during bushfire season.”